City of Tupelo Community Outreach Coordinator Marcus Gary takes down the Mississippi state flag that flew over the City Hall of Tupelo one last time June 29, 2020. Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. that includes the Confederate battle emblem. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP, File)

5 national stories of the week

Mississippi taking down its state flag, Supreme Court rulings on an abortion-related case and state aid to religious schooling, the Golden State Killer’s admission to several rape and murder cases and the death of the creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” make up this week’s five national stories.



Gondolas are lined up during the Vogada della Rinascita regatta, June 21, 2020, along Venice canals, Italy. European Union envoys are close to finalizing a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed back into Europe once it begins lifting coronavirus-linked restrictions. (Anteo Marinoni/LaPresse via AP, File)
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5 international stories of the week

Governments stepping up testing and restrictions due to COVID-19, the European Union’s travel restrictions, Russian bounties being offered to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops, China’s measures against its Uighur population and the Rolling Stones threatening legal action against President Donald Trump for repeated use of their music make up this week’s five international stories.



Demonstrators protest at the Lincoln Memorial June 6, 2020, in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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5 national stories of the week

Fauci’s hope for a vaccine by late 2020 or early 2021, Americans wanting change to the nation’s criminal justice system, the police reform bills in Congress, election primaries in Kentucky and New York and President Donald Trump’s proposed executive order to protect monuments make up this week’s five national stories.



The sun forms crescent during solar eclipse in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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5 international stories of the week

COVID-19 updates from around the world, fashion brands challenged to confront racist attitudes, the mourning of victims of a suspected terror attack in England, poaching in Asia and Africa and a solar eclipse on the eastern hemisphere make up this week’s five international stories.


Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns, in a campus-wide email March 24, 2020, detailed new guidelines for university employees as part of Ball State's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, he addressed concerns regarding paid leave for non-essential employees who are unable to work remotely. Scott Fleener, DN File
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Ball State president details budget plans for FY 2021

At its June 19 meeting, Ball State’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution authorizing Ball State to continue operations after July 1, and continue spending thereafter at the same levels the Board approved for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, according to an email sent out by President Geoffrey Mearns.









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